On the eve of the Second World War, Henri SELMER Paris enjoyed  an international popularity, thanks in particular to the success of the  mythical Balanced Action, whose sales continued to increase. Douglas  Pipher explains how the company was able to continue its activity, in a  very limited way, from 1939 to 1945.

"In 1939, Germany, France, and England all declared war on each other.  On may 10th 1940 the Germans attacked through Belgium into France. On June 14th 1940, Paris fell to the Germans. We could think that  production would likely stop cold, but amazingly, in a much smaller  capacity, Henri SELMER Paris was able to produce musical instruments throughout the war... "